Thanks Glen, but that is basically the same procedure as you have to go through if you do
save as copy and open > save all as copy > advanced
It's what we've been using, but it's slow and error prone.
I don't see a reason for you to have to save the assy as a template. Simply saving it as a file (maybe with "template" as part of the name) should provide the starting point you are looking for.
Yes, but that's what we've got now... and it defies the definition of a template (as shown in about any piece of template-supporting software that is not solidworks).
The way SWs treat templates is what is called a (company)standard, not a template.
For example, you produce the SW training objects of hammer (2 parts), screwdriver (2 parts) and pliers (4 parts). Each of these comes in many customizable versions - but you always start with your basic assy. In most software this would mean:
- click new
- get a list of available templates (empty, hammer, screwdriver, pliers)
- click hammer and you start all new files (parts, equations, everything) based on your template
- which you can save in 1 go
( which do not conflict with other files that may be opened)
Not being able to do so would be like getting stuck in Word with just the normal.dot - no varied official letters, emails or other _templates_ available.
Have you looked into using DriveWorksExpress? This is a great way to manage templates and create new variations. Solidworks come with this software for free.
One of the main reasons why we picked SW over Inventor is because SW didn't ask us to use a seperate program (in Inventor's case... AutoCAD) for every little tidbit it can't handle itself...
...or as our reseller said: "oh! what you want is a configurator!"
I was just hoping the very standard feature I was missing was just hidden for me in some way (like by being called "standards" or "default assemblies to start with" or hidden under some menu I never use). .